When wagering, you will always use the program number assigned for each horse. If you see a #1 and # 1A, you get both of these horses for the price of one. This is called "an entry". Entries occur when two (or more) horses are entered which may have common ownership (or partial ownership) or the horses are trained by the same trainer. Each state is different in their rules regarding "entries" and many tracks let two horses from the same owner and/or trainer run as separate program numbers. Occasionally, you will see an "F" next to the number. This indicates "field" and horses with an "F" next to the number are grouped together the same way as an entry, i.e. 16F, 17F, 18F, 19F, 20F would be #16 on the wagering menu. If #19 wins the race, you still win because of those horses being coupled as "the field" entry. The basic types of wagers are win, place and show wagering. If you bet on a horse to win, the horse must finish first. If you bet to place, the horse can finish first or second. The most conservative wager is the show wager where a horse can finish first, second or third giving you three chances to cash your ticket. Odds on the toteboard are for win wagers only and are approximate with the final payoff based on the final count of wagers from all simulcast outlets. Horseracing is a pari-mutuel wager, that is you are betting against other people based on the amount of money wagered. The track or simulcast outlet gets a percentage of what is wagered called the "takeout". The takeout pays for racetrack expenses, purse money, state and local taxes, etc. Whether a favorite wins or it's the longest shot on the board, the track or simulcast outlet gets the same percentage out of your wager. Tracks want you to win so you will re-bet that money.
* 99-1 is the maximum that most track toteboards will show but it can generally be assumed that the odds are greater than 100-1. Payoffs represent your profit PLUS the return of the $2 you originally bet. A winner at 5-2 means that will pay $5 profit for every $2 wagered. The payoff is $7 which is the profit ($5) plus the cost of your wager ($2).
To figure the cost: Multiply the number of horses in the first leg by the number of horses in the second leg, times the amount of your Daily Double.
Do an Exacta Part Wheel if you like a horse to win but several horses you like to come in second.
Do you see a horse that has "seconditis"? You can also do an Exacta Wheel or Part Wheel with your top choice or choices in the second position such as:
The Exacta Box means your selections can finish first or second in any order. When using three or more horses in your Exacta Box, any two of your horses must finish first and second.
To figure the cost: Multiply the number of horses used by the number of horses used less one.
Trifecta Part Wheel In a Trifecta Part Wheel, you may have one or more horses in the first position, one or more horses in the second position and one or more horses in the third position.
You can also do a Trifecta Part Wheel with your key horse in the second or third position such as:
To figure the cost of a Trifecta Part Wheel, multiple the number of horses in the first position, times the number of horses in the second position minus 1, times the number of horses in the third position minus 2. Trifecta Box In a Trifecta Box, any of the horses you selected must finish first,second or third in any order.
You can also do a Superfecta Part Wheel with one or more horses in each of the four positions.
Superfecta Box
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